The Lovers of Toledo
- 1h 22min
To save her fiance who is opponent to regime, the beautiful Ines agrees to marry the chief of Toledo police.To save her fiance who is opponent to regime, the beautiful Ines agrees to marry the chief of Toledo police.To save her fiance who is opponent to regime, the beautiful Ines agrees to marry the chief of Toledo police.
Although both deal with love/hatred , this Stendahl story was perhaps not the adequate follow-up to "la vérité sur Bébé Donge" ;his film noir flair extraordinaire surfaces only occasionally : the scenes near the gallows, with black humor ,a permanent feature of the director (the hangman showing his assistant how to make a slipknot ) and the impressive final ,the only moment when Decoin is up to his usual standards .
The story takes place in Spain ,but the political context remains very vague ,and it is often boiled down to a cops and robbers story.
Plot: Fernando ,a rebel ,is in love with the beautiful Inès ,but the police head covets her too. To save her fiancé, she accepts to marry this powerful Don Blas ; knowing that she only feels contempt for him,he does not consummate the marriage .When Fernando reappears , tragedy awaits around the corner.(hence the alternate title : the former lover comes back and he hides in a trunk).
Alida Valli is extremely beautiful but her part is derivative ; so are talented Pedro Armendariz's and Gerard Landry's .Besides , the screenplay is repetitive.Melodrama lovers can have a look , weren't in only for the actors. Filmed on location.
- Apr 25, 2020